Thursday, 1 August 2013

Player Analysis: Kevin Mirallas

Mirallas, can you go without him?

By the Stats...
Average per 90 minutes: 4.73
Bonus Points: 13
Goals: 6
Assists: 5
Total Minutes: 1827 (20.3 full games)
Owned by: 4.6%

Kevin came to Everton from the Greek giants Olympiakos late last year, and it proved to be a great get for the Merseyside club. He scored 20 in 25 matches before the move, suggesting that he has the potential to be a deadly striker. The 25 year old had an injury plagued year including a hamstring injury which kept him out for 5 matches. After a strong second half of the campaign, Kevin showed that he'd adapted to the rigours of English football and put together 11 games on the trot. Potentially misclassified, Mirallas must be on everyone's watch list!

Reasons to start with Mirallas

  • Great value
  • Martinez prefers a 3-4-3 formation. This means Kevin should play in a more advanced role
  • Potentially misclassified as a midfielder rather than a striker
  • Started the last 11 matches of last season, contributing with 5 goals and an assist
  • Very strong early draw
  • Strong pre-season form

Reasons to not start with Mirallas

  • Has had re-occuring hamstring problems in the past
  • There are still question marks over what formation Martinez will play


It looks as though Mirallas is a player with fantastic upside. Personally he is a lock for my side, as a very strong finish last season, coupled with a strong opening draw this time round, I'd be very surprised if he didn't produce wonderful numbers early on. Expect his value to increase quickly if he has a few strong outings, so if you choose not to start with him, don't wait too long to get on!

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